This Clever $7 Find Prevents Wine Glasses from Breaking in Your Dishwasher

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While I like hosting friends at my apartment either for dinner or just drinks and snacks, the one part I always dread is cleaning up. Having a dishwasher — new to me in my current apartment — has made that chore a lot easier, but it still leaves me with one task that makes me anxious: cleaning wine glasses. I don’t know about you, but I’ve accidentally broken more wine glasses than I care to admit (or, frankly, can even remember). I can usually safely clean one or two glasses in a night, but when my kitchen counter is full of dirty wine glasses, the odds of me breaking one are high.

I’ve been wondering if there are any ways to safely clean wine glasses in the dishwasher, and, lo and behold, Walmart has provided an answer. These flexible, silicone clips secure wine glasses in place inside your dishwasher so that they can’t get bumped around during the wash cycle and are totally protected from breaking or cracking. I’m surprised I’d never seen this simple and affordable cleaning tool before, and if you have a dishwasher, you’re going to want to grab a set, too.

For just $7, you get eight holders that fit stemware of any size and shape. They work by clipping one little claw-like hand around the stem of a wine glass, then clipping another claw to your dishwasher’s rack. With these two clips in place, you can run your dishwasher as you normally would and your wine glasses won’t be able to fall over or get damaged. When your dishwasher is done, simply unclip the tool and put it in a utensil drawer until the next time you need it. Each tool is about the size of a drinking straw, so even the entire set of eight won’t take up much room.

Because these stemware holders are adjustable — you can bend them in any direction — they’re suitable for any dishwasher and any kind of stemmed glass. You don’t have to worry about cleaning them (since they get washed every time you use them) and their durable silicone construction should help them last for years. With summer moving season starting now, these also make a practical and inexpensive housewarming gift that will surprise and delight your friends.

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My days of hand-washing — and breaking — wine glasses are numbered. And, thanks to this cheap and smart cleaning tool, you can also start letting your dishwasher help out more. Pick up an eight-pack for $6.99 or a four-pack for $5.99, and while you’re at Walmart, check out which of their Memorial Day deals are still going on to see what other game-changing kitchen tools you’ll discover.

Buy: Silicone Stemware Dishwasher Attachment, $6.99 (normally $9.99)